Public Art: The Sum of Us

At the entrance of Forum Homini, a 5-star boutique hotel in the Cradle of Humankind, stands on of the most beautiful and symbolically loaded sculptures I have ever seen: The Sum of Us by Marco Ciafenelli. In the centre of the piece, a map of Africa. Then a series of faces, symbolising the evolution of man, finally becoming the face of a modern human.

The sculpture is beautiful to look at, especially in the context of where it sits: in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind where fossils remains of humanoids as old as a mindboggling 5 million years have been found. But it also reminds us that this is where we all came from. Our ancestors may then have taken different paths, and developed features and cultures distinct from others. But at the end of the day, we can all trace our origin to Africa. How wonderful the world would be if we could focus on what we have in common instead of how we are different!

The rolling hills, laden with ancient fossil where we can all trace our origin , gives the sculpture so much more meaning

The rolling hills in the background, laden with ancient fossil where we can all trace our origin , gives the sculpture so much more meaning

The Sum of Us: changing faces over 5 million years

The Sum of Us: changing faces over 5 million years

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